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Global trade forum scheduled

At the Global Trade Forum 2012 at the Hilton Garden Inn, James McCurry, Jr., director of administration, Georgia Ports Authority, said the port at Savannah is to be deepened to receive larger cargo ships passing through the Panama Canal.

At the Global Trade Forum 2012 at the Hilton Garden Inn, James McCurry, Jr., director of administration, Georgia Ports Authority, said the port at Savannah is to be deepened to receive larger cargo ships passing through the Panama Canal.

ALBANY — Some of the businesses in the area hoping to learn more about how they can participate in the import and export markets will be in luck this week.

SunTrust Bank plans to host a global trade forum at the Hilton Garden Inn on Front Street Tuesday morning.

The event will start at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and networking, followed by a welcome from Kevin Blair, president of SunTrust Bank Georgia Region. A panel discussion, with a SunTrust economic perspective, will start at 8:45 a.m.

The discussion will be followed by an audience question-and-answer session from 9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m. The forum will wrap after closing remarks from Jay Montgomery, president of SunTrust Bank South Georgia.

Panelists participating in the discussion are Jamie McCurry, director of administration for the Georgia Ports Authority; Bruce Drennan, executive director of the Cordele Crisp County Industrial Development Council, and Eric Bretan, director of Capital Markets Group for SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.

Some time is expected to be spent at the forum discussing the impact of the state’s ports on the economy in Southwest Georgia, particularly in terms of agribusiness, and how businesses can get more involved in the import and export markets.

Bankers will be on hand to assist with financial opportunities, Blair said.

“This is a market we really haven’t tapped,” he said. “We are excited to get the message out.

“This allows businesses to come to us. As a bank, if we are providing expertise to help, we can tell you that we are meeting our mission.”

The forum will be moderated by Ed Lightsey, senior correspondent for “Georgia Trend.”

Invitations were sent, Blair said, to roughly 100 people. Representatives from the farming industry, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and Albany Communications are expected to be among those present, he said.

Comments

Trustbuster 1 year, 7 months ago

Well I hope this forum is not promoting free trade ideas. They should be addressing the needs of how to protect American manufacturing from unfair foreign trade practiced by nations like Red China. There is a reason why Walmart has everyday low prices. Look at the labels of the products sold in the Walmart stores.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 6 months ago

This should have had broader participation. I know several small business owners who would have attended. You get good ideas from people on the street working. I worked in Cordele where just a very few people worked hard, got the community support and then enlisted Sonny Purdue to fall in. They have done a superb job and will benefit their community richly. It wasn't the bankers and CEO's that did this. Just a note to the powers that be. It is good to see Albany finally catching on 5 years after the starter's gun fired.

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Jay_Montgomery 1 year, 6 months ago

On behalf of SunTrust, the event sponsor, we used a multitude of marketing efforts to get the word out. We appreciate your comments and will commit to increased marketing awareness to businesses for future events.

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